Staff Vacancies

Assistant WardenSelwyn Position Description Aug19

Assistant Warden 



  • Rewarding operational and pastoral care senior management position
  • Energetic and thriving tertiary collegiate community

Who We Are

Founded in 1893, Selwyn College (Te Maru Pūmanawa) is the oldest residential college at the University of Otago. Situated on campus, the College provides accommodation, care and support to 200+ residents comprising first and second year students and a senior student welfare team.

Selwyn is an independent College, affiliated to the University of Otago and governed by a Board of Governors on behalf of owners, the Anglican Diocese of Dunedin.

In 2017, the Board of Governors established an agreement with the University of Otago to provide senior leadership personnel. To fulfil its obligation under the service agreement, the University seeks to employ a suitably qualified and experienced senior staff member to work alongside the College Warden and Deputy Warden.

The Role

The role of Assistant Warden is integral role to all aspects of College life.  In this position, you will assist the Warden and Deputy Warden with the provision of a positive collegiate experience for its residents and wider associated community.

Responsibilities of the role include:

  • Supporting the scholastic ambitions and pastoral needs of our residents;
  • Guiding the residential experience across academic, cultural, sporting, social participation and personal development.
  • Assisting the Warden and Deputy Warden with the operational management of the College;
  • Contributing to nurturing the special character of Selwyn College and developing and maintaining its reputation as one of excellence;

Skills & Experience

We are looking for an exceptional individual with proven leadership skills and genuine desire to make a difference.  You will also have:

  • Confidence and experience working with young adults in a leadership capacity;
  • High level of professionalism;
  • Proven experience in the areas of pastoral care, community development, communication and relationship building;
  • Demonstrated ability to foster academic success;
  • Exceptional organisational skills and initiative.

An understanding of and empathy for students commencing University is fundamental to this role. Experience in the tertiary sector would be a distinct advantage.

Further Details

This is a University of Otago appointment and is for a permanent, full-time position. It is a live-in role and as such you will be required to live onsite in accommodation provided by the College. Hours of work will be afternoon/evening, with weekend work required.  The role requires a high level of commitment, including rostered on-call.

How To Apply

To apply (and for a copy of the Position Description), please visit the University of Otago job vacancies webpage.

Job reference number 1901840 will close on Sunday, 29 September 2019.

Contact Details 

Confidential enquiries can be made by contacting Luke McClelland, Warden.

E: [email protected]   

M:  021 418 809